December 12, 2016 8:20 am

Fiji loses to Cup winner England in Cape Town 7s quarters

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team ended up in fifth place at the 2016 Cape Town 7s after defeating Kenya 33-21 in the playoffs. Fiji was bundled out of the Cup competition by England after a Dan Norton try in extra time sealed the score at 31-26. England won the Cup after stunning host South Africa 19-17 […]

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team ended up in fifth place at the 2016 Cape Town 7s after defeating Kenya 33-21 in the playoffs.

Dan Norton of England takes on Fiji on day two of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament, December 11, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo: Christiaan Kotze/SASPA/World Rugby).
Dan Norton of England takes on Fiji on day two of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament, December 11, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo: Christiaan Kotze/SASPA/World Rugby).

Fiji was bundled out of the Cup competition by England after a Dan Norton try in extra time sealed the score at 31-26.

England won the Cup after stunning host South Africa 19-17 in the final.  New Zealand was third dispatching Scotland 24-19.

The next stop on the HSBC 7s series is the Wellington Sevens in New Zealand on January 28-29.

Fiji unbeaten, meets England in Cape Town 7s quarters

December 11 – Hosts South Africa, Fiji, New Zealand and Scotland all went unbeaten to top their respective pools at the end of day one at the second round of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Cape Town.

Osea Kolinisau scoring against Kenya on day one of the 2016 Cape Town 7s tournament.
Osea Kolinisau scoring against Kenya on day one of the 2016 Cape Town 7s tournament.

The Cup quarter-finals see defending champions South Africa take on last week’s fourth-placed side Wales, Scotland come face to face with the USA, Olympic gold medallists Fiji meet England and the All Blacks Sevens will play Kenya.

Fiji plays England at 12.10 am tomorrow morning.

Fiji defeated Japan with five different try scorers crossing the whitewash in their 33-7 victory, before beating Kenya 28-22 with conversions proving decisive as both sides scored four tries.

The last time the sides met was the HSBC Singapore Sevens final where Kenya won their first-ever sevens tournament, but they could not repeat the result as they lost to the Olympic gold medallists 28-22. after two tries from the impressive Samisoni Viriviri.

In Kenyan captain Andrew Amonde’s 50th tournament, he inspired his side to an opening 33-14 win over France with Billy Odhiambo and Willy Ambaka both scoring two tries each before their defeat to Fiji. They confirmed their spot in the last eight as they defeated Japan 24-5 with tries from Augustine Lugonzo, Odhiambo (2) and Ambaka.

Fiji captain Osea Kolinisau opened the scoring in Fiji’s third pool match, to help them top Pool B, before Viriviri, Setareki Bituniyata and Jerry Tuwai confirmed a narrow 28-19 win over France.

France bounced back from their opening defeat to Kenya with an impressive record 50-7 win over Japan. Terry Bouhraoua and Manoel Dall’Igna both scored twice but it was not enough as they suffered defeat to Fiji.

Source: World Rugby.